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June 2018

Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates

Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website at http://www.hopkinsbiosafety.org

Sponsored Training Opportunities
Health, Safety, & Environment (HSE) sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates, available to review on the HSE website.

Summer is Here! Let's Learn A Safety Cheer!!
The Lab is a place for discovery,
Not for injury recovery!
Don't be a fool, just because it's hot!
We make mistakes, we're not robots!
No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops!
Keep food and drink out of the lab
No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops!
Wear only closed-toed shoes in the lab

No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops!
Summer is here, but keep it safe
No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops!
It's not the beach, it's a safe workplace!

Summer is a favorite time of year for many. The countless fashion options from shorts, skirts, skorts, rompers, and even romphims, only add to the excitement and comfort of the season. That said, the lab is not the place to make our personal fashion statements. Safety must be everyone's priority, not just a preference. Thankfully, Johns Hopkins Institutions' buildings are temperature-controlled to accommodate whatever weather comes our way. We do not have to compromise safety in order to stay comfortable at work. We know what you are thinking: "But what about the commute to and from work…and in between buildings in the middle of a heatwave?" Dress-code permitting, you may choose to wear loose-fit comfortable summer attire to work or class, but you must have a plan for when you enter any laboratory setting-whether you are a student, staff conducting an experiment, or just visiting a colleague. Johns Hopkins Policy on Proper Attire for Individual in Laboratories specifies that shorts, miniskirts, or any apparel that does not cover the skin above the knee when not seated shall NOT be worn in the laboratory without appropriate over protection. This means that you should either wear personal protective equipment (PPE) over your summer ensemble OR you can bring/keep laboratory appropriate attire (long pants and shirt) on site to change into before entering the lab. Loose-fit clothing must be secured in an appropriate manner. The length of all apparel worn should protect skin to minimize the potential for exposure to a splash or spill. Johns Hopkins policy also prohibits open-toed shoes, sandals, or shoes made of loosely woven material in the lab. This last statement is definitely discouraging if you are a flip-flop fanatic; but remember, you can bring or keep a pair a sturdy closed-toed shoes with you to change into before entering the laboratory setting.

It is important to be comfortable at our places of work, but we should not confuse the laboratory setting with a breakroom. Food and drink are prohibited in laboratory spaces. Every refrigerator, freezer, or cooler used for research, laboratory, or clinical samples must be labeled "No Food Or Drink" and adherence to that label enforced at all times. So, like the rhyme says, "No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops! Summer is here, but keep it safe. No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops! It's not the beach, it's a safe workplace!"

The staff of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) are here to help guide you should you need assistance with complying with these or any other HSE-related policies. For more information regarding the policies on "Proper Attire For Individuals in Laboratories" and "Laboratory Refrigerators, Freezers, and Coolers from Johns Hopkins' department of Health Safety and Environment please visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html and select policy HSE801 or HSE 804.

Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
Have you had a Hepatitis B Vaccine?
Are you updated on your immunizations?

Check out the many ways part of Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services' mission can help us prevent the spread of communicable diseases: Preventive Medicine.

For more information regarding the resources available through the Occupational Health arm of the department of Health Safety and Environment please visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/occupational_health/index.html

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies:
The United States Government's Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) went into effect on September 24, 2015. DURC is defined by the federal government as:

"life research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security."

In the federal policy's current form, there are 15 agents (microbial entities and toxins) that fall under institutional DURC oversight. The current list of 15 agents as well as a list of 7 categories of experiments or experimental effects that would constitute DURC may be found at this website: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/ire/regulations.html. Questions regarding DURC should be directed to the Biosafety Office at biosafety@jhu.edu or ire@jhu.edu.

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June 2018 articles:
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Change in Federalwide Assurance [FWA] Numbers
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
NIH requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
WW Smith Charitable Trust Heart Disease, Cancer and AIDS Research Grants
Mallinckrodt Foundation Grants for Early-Career Faculty
Funding for Prostate Cancer Research
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

This Month's Departmental Listings

Upcoming Deadlines for June and July

June Events at the Genetic Resources Core Facility


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